Ballerina Lone Isaksen dies in New York
NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The Danish-born ballerina Lone Isaksen died of cancer in New York at age 68, the Juilliard School announced.
Isaksen brought a distinctive mix of traditional classical training to contemporary works in American companies like the Harkness Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, The New York Times reported. She died at her home in Manhattan on Nov. 2.
Her husband of 40 years, Lawrence Rhodes, is director of Juilliard’s dance division; he survives, as does her son Mark Rhodes, and a grandchild.
She was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Copenhagen, and studied ballet at the Royal Danish Ballet School, and with private teacher Edite Feifner Frandsen. She danced in the Scandinavian Ballet until 1960, and on the advice of Erik Bruhn, the Danish star of American Ballet Theater, she moved to New York.
The joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1962 on the invitation of its founder, Robert Joffrey. In 1964 she joined the Harkness Ballet. After performing in Europe for several years, the Harkness made its New York debut in 1967.
Isaksen and Rhodes married in 1970 and spent the 1970-71 season with the Dutch National Ballet, where she added George Balanchine’s ballets to her repertory.
Upon returning to New York, she retired from performing and became a Pilates bodywork teacher, the newspaper said.